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Lee Charnley – Key Messages To Newcastle Fans

8:35 am, Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

It certainly seems like Newcastle are starting a new chapter in trying to build a good team that can win something this season and finish in the top eight in the Premier League – those are the two goals for this season given to new head coach Steve McClaren and his team by Managing Director Lee Charnley.


Lee Charnley – we want quality over quantity

And in an attempt to communicate better, more effectively and more frequently with the vast Newcastle fan base around the world, Managing Director Lee Charnley sent out an email to fans last night.

This is the portion of that email where he states a few key messages to Newcastle fans.


I’d also like to highlight a few key messages:

  • Financial strength. The decisions we’ve made over the past few years have given us the financial strength to net spend significantly this summer, as well as retaining those key players who were in demand from other clubs.

We’ll continue to spend on the squad moving forward and have no need or desire to sell our best players.

  • Our strategy is clear – quality over quantity. We want the best young players available to us.

We have brought in high-calibre players that will make an immediate impact.

  • A new Board structure. The Board have worked very closely together during this summer window. We want a squad that is strong defensively, combined with plenty of creativity, attacking intent and flair.

We are all of one mind when it comes to our vision for the squad.

  • A long term strategy. We’re delighted with the players we’ve brought in, but we always knew that it would take more than one window to reshape and restructure.

This is the start not the end. It will take time and number of windows to get where we want to be.

We are in a very strong financial position. To allow us to continue in this vein, we need to ensure that the club’s finances remain just as healthy over the coming years.  

We ask that you trust us in this process.  

We want our club to progress and be the best it can possibly be.


Steve McClaren seems to have dropped a hint as to how much money is available to the Board to spend – because when he was talking about this summer’s transfers a couple of weeks ago  – he said he would have liked to have spent the £150M all at once.

Steve has talked about the first three transfer windows being important to the club, so it could be that he still has £100M to spend before next year at this time.

Lee Charnley said the official amount of net spend this summer was £52.6M – about £7M more than we initially estimated.

We expect to see some players brought in during the January transfer window, and more top players next summer, with quality being the major factor.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Fans · Financial Fair Play · Financials · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:40 AM


    It may only be in the next two transfer windows that we will possibly know (although how I cannot tell) how much influence McClaren has on targets.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 3 TheToonKing // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:42 AM

    Damn it, it’s like the girlfriend I finally had enough with and decided to break up, suddenly starting to suck my dick again 😀

  • 4 Toon-Prodigy // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:42 AM


    Im sceptical about this non profit like, have to say.

    Still getting one though.

    Im surprised the council have let them use the coat of arms, thinking have they got their mits in also, a statement would be good to clarify everything.

  • 5 Jib // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Real Madrid and Barcelona for years have scoured the Peninsular and Latin America for talent on the cheap who sign up for the famous name and are then traded on for vast profit .

    This system has been introduced at Chelsea under Mourinho’s intigation who has worked at both Spanish clubs.

    Yet when we tentatively copy that system the club gets slated for it.


  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Yeah, I’d possibly say even longer. Even then, it is pretty difficult to ever know. Pardew claimed to be involved in transfer decisions, but most said he wasn’t. I’m sure McClaren will say the same, will people believe him just because he isn’t Pardew?

  • 7 WWSBRD // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:50 AM

    Problem with that argument it Madrid, Barca and Chelsea put the clubs interest above the money the portly southern man with illegitimate lineage doesn’t

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    Also while said clubs are doing this they are actively trying to win something, not trying their best to exit the cups at the earliest opportunity, finish no higher than tenth while pretending that the fans don’t exist until it’s time to sell season tickets.

  • 9 beermonkey // Sep 3, 2015 at 8:59 AM


    I don’t think we will ever know how much influence McLaren has on transfers
    but I think he is on the same page as carr with regards to the type of player he wants
    he also has a friendship with carr that I am sure will help
    so in the long run we I am sure McLaren will get who he wants from the list
    I think he is injured so maybe next summer if we start bidding on will hughs maybe that will give us a clue

  • 10 kimbo // Sep 3, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    All this positivity and we are second bottom,only scored 2 goals and the prospect of our 1st 10 games only having 4 to 6 points. We are still in deep trouble!!!!!!!
    It was good to see the fans back on board for the Arsenal game but talks of being in the top 8 is total garbage and if this goal is not met what happens to Mclaren.

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